Mike's New Car
|Mike's New Car|
|Directed by||Pete Docter|
Roger L. Gould
|Written by||Pete Docter|
Roger L. Gould
|Produced by||Gale Gortney|
|Edited by||Robert Grahamjones|
|Music by||Randy Newman|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Home Entertainment|
Mike's New Car is a 2002 American computer animated comedy short film, starring the protagonists from Monsters, Inc., James P. "Sulley" Sullivan and Mike Wazowski. Directed by Pete Docter and Roger L. Gould, it is the first Pixar short to use dialogue and the first to take characters and situations from a previously established work.
Mike is obsessed with his new six-wheel drive car and happily insists on showing it off to Sulley, who is confused about what happened to his old car, but Mike likes his new car. Unfortunately for Mike, anything that can go wrong does go wrong. Sulley plays with the adjustable power seat until an annoyed Mike snaps at him to stop. Mike starts the engine and hears the seatbelt reminder tone sound chiming.
Although Sulley manages to get his seatbelt on easily, Mike finds his seatbelt stuck and accidentally locks himself out of the car while falling out in an attempt to unstick it. Mike instructs Sulley to push a button so he can get back in. Sulley, confused by the massive amount of buttons on the dashboard, pushes the one that opens the hood. When Mike goes over to close it, he is unable to reach it. Sulley helps him close the hood but accidentally closes it on Mike's fingers causing him to scream in pain. Sulley helps Mike get free only to trap him in the engine compartment completely.
Mike calls Sulley on his cell phone and instructs him to open the hood again. When he does this, Mike manages to escape. When he reenters the car, he is annoyed by the continuous seatbelt reminder tone still chiming. Mike manages to put his seat-belt on, but the windshield wipers randomly turn on, annoying him even more. As Sulley tries to help, Mike tells him not to touch anything and decides to do it himself. Mike pushes a button that launches the entire car into chaotic malfunction, including conga music playing loudly on the car's stereo system. Jerry Slugworth appears looking at the car and then running away.
However, Mike finally ends the chaos by pulling the key out of the ignition, and Sulley adds insult to injury by accidentally breaking the rearview mirror in an attempt to rearrange it. Now at his wit's end, Mike forces Sulley out of the car and speeds away, resulting in the car's destruction. Sulley says: "Huh, that's weird. The airbag didn't go off." Right after he finishes saying this, the airbag immediately inflates and its force sends Mike flying back up the street. Sulley catches Mike, who confesses to him that Mike says: "Where is my old car?" When Mike got sold by him so that he could agreeing for walk to work with Sulley while the credits roll.
Mike's New Car was released on September 17, 2002, attached as bonus feature on the Monsters, Inc. DVD and VHS release. The DVD release features commentary by "Docter and Gould", which turn out to be the directors' young children. The short was also released on November 10, 2009, on the Monsters, Inc. Blu-ray.
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- Official website
- Building Mike's New Car Co-director/creative director of shorts department Roger Gould and story artists Rob Gibbs and Jeff Pidgeon discuss how they followed up the CGI adventures of Mike and Sulley by Building Mike's New Car.
- Mike's New Car at IMDb
- Mike's New Car at The Big Cartoon DataBase